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Safety concerns prompt replacement footbridge at level crossing

There have been two near misses and numerous cases of vandalism at a level crossing in Wokingham.

Now Network Rail say they're going to close the dangerous pedestrian route over the tracks and replace it with a footbridge

It's one of 35 crossings to be closed across the South, amid safety fears. Penny Silvester reports.

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Statement on level crossing death

BTP officers were called to Crampmoor Lane crossing, Romsey, on Tuesday, 18 February following a report that a person had been hit by a train. BTP and Hampshire Constabulary officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 10.18am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious. Medics from South Central Ambulance Service also attended but the person was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the person and inform their family. A file will be prepared for the Coroner.”

– British Transport Police

Modern level crossing won't be safe, villagers claim

Villagers in Plumpton Green in Sussex have gathered together to protest against Network Rail's plans to remove the white wooden gates on their level crossing and replace them with modern barriers. They're worried the new barriers won't be safe.

Charlotte Wilkins reports. She spoke to residents Robin Kaye, Richard Wells and Barbara Spencer.